Introduction to the fundamentals of grammar of the Spanish language and the Spanish-speaking world for students with little or no prior training in Spanish. Students begin developing competency in the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through communicative activities and cultural exploration. Prerequisite: None, but students are encouraged to take a departmentally-approved placement test in order to register for the course. Offered every semester. Note: Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 8.